Construction is underway on a new mixed-use development in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, just north of Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, bringing residential living and new retail to the area. An official ground-breaking ceremony was held for Expo at Forest Park on Oct. 27 to kick off the $90 million project.
“Expo at Forest Park is a wonderful example of thoughtful, impactful investment that strengthens our communities and drives economic growth,” said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. “This development will completely transform the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, bringing new resources, amenities and stronger transit accessibility, all within steps of Forest Park, one of our city’s most iconic destinations.”
Expo at Forest Park will include 287 market-rate apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail space next to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center. The project from private developer Tegethoff Development is a transit-oriented development and will include garage parking for Metro Transit commuters and enhanced access to the St. Louis region’s MetroBus network and MetroLink light rail system.
Included in the development are plans to adaptively reuse existing transit infrastructure and real estate at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center, including improving security, amenities and overall transit experience of Metro Transit riders.
Expo at Forest Park consists of two separate multifamily buildings. The south building is 284,500 square feet and eight stories (one below grade) of apartments (184,700 square feet) and amenity space with 5,800 square feet of retail along with a 94,000 square foot parking garage. The north building is 172,600 square feet and six stories (one below grade) of 94,000 square feet of apartments and amenity space with 24,300 square feet of retail and a 54,300 square foot parking garage.
Brinkmann Constructors, a St. Louis-based general contractor, is handling the construction of the entire project, including updating public utilities in the surrounding area. Brinkmann, along with Trivers, Bi-State Development and Tegethoff Development, has been working closely with neighborhood associations and city officials.
Expo at Forest Park is located on DeBaliviere Avenue in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, just north of Forest Park Parkway. From the beginning of the project, the development team engaged local elected leaders, regional partners, neighborhood residents and community groups to present plans, answer questions and address concerns, and work together to ensure Expo at Forest Park matches the neighborhood’s vision.
The new development is by the north entrance to Forest Park near the Missouri History Museum.
Expo at Forest Park is expected to be complete in 2022.